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Artista offers creative cuisine, impeccable service and a perfect location to the downtown area.
Hobby Center of the Performing Arts
Houston, TX 77002
Contemporary American, Seafood, Latin American
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday - Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
piano, rat-pack, jazz
Valet parking provided by Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Secured parking garage also available.
Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant available for buy-outs, please contact us for more details.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Artista Ratings and Reviews
After making a reservation 2 months in advance, we were seated in the upstairs area that looked like an afterthought. Better suited for a Chinese Buffett, not a 200 dollar dinner for two. I requested we be seated downstairs, and the manager told us everything downstairs is "reserved for big donors of the hobby center" and there was nothing he could do. This definitely made us feel second class and unappreciated. Never going back.
Our reservation was for lunch. We were unaware that Artista was under new ownership which did not include a prix fixe or lunch menu, only a pricey dinner menu. Our meal was well prepared and presented but not worth the excessive price. Our server was pleasant but poorly trained, we waited at various times for simple things like placing our orders, bringing a requested beverage straw and additional napkin and after 90 minutes we had to ask for the check in order to rush to our theater seats. It's unlikely that we will return.
The food was tasty and our waiter was in training, he made some rookie mistakes but that wasn't what bothered me. I ordered the trio which is three meats: lobster, fish and steak. The plate I received only had the steak and lobster. I pointed it out to the manager and he offered a free dessert. I politely declined as we had a VIP Experance before the Nutcracker and they would be serving sweets. He then offered to bring out the missing fish. I, again, declined because the VIP Experance was starting soon and I didn't want my daughter sitting in a restaurant waiting on my fish when she could be enjoying something I payed for. The manager went back-and-forth with me a bit before finally agreeing to ajust my bill. Upon receiving the bill a discovered my bill was adjusted $5. HE TOOK $5 OFF OF A $120 BILL! I took it as a big F-you. The meal cost $48 and I only received one third of it, one third of 48 is 16, not 5. Taking half off the meal would have been acceptable and appreciated or even $20 off, but $5... why bother.
Other than the manager, our experience was a nice one.
Beware!! They have eliminated the Matinee menu and not added a lunch menu. $38 dollar entrees and up for lunch! $5 plate charge when we split the fish. Food was good quality and service was good as always. However, it’s really an awkward lunch menu. Maybe add some salads with protein? Or soup and salad combos? Many people spent a lot of time looking at the menu confused and then ordered off the appetizer menu or soups/salads and that was it. Probably won’t be back unless the menu offerings improve. What happened to the excellent halibut? Plaintain crusted chicken? Burger? All had been eliminated. Have been going to the restaurant since it opened and always look forward to going before a show. Very disappointed.
I have been to the restaurant many times in the past, both as a company function and personally. It was always a great experience.
But this time the entire visit was a disaster. There were only 7 tables occupied and it took 17 minutes for a waitress to come to our table. We ordered 3 entrees and 2 served were not what we ordered and the fish on the wrong entrees was served cold. We ordered a child's chicken meal and they brought shrimp. We asked for lattes at the end of the meal and were told they didn't serve them ... we had to show the waitress they were on the menu.
I had to ask twice to speak to the manager ... he offered a free desert but did not offer to fix the wrong meals. Then charged us full price ($45-$50) for entrees that were inedible.
Overall a very disappointing experience.
Excellent place to enjoy a the company of family surrounded by great food and wine. The overall customer service was EXCELLENT!! - Customers comes first. The staff provided tips and kept us on time not to miss our after dinner plans. Great place for any special occasion
Huge disappointment. The service was not good at all. Waiter was not attentive and we never got drink refills, nor did he tell us about any off the menu items. The Manager would not accept the gift card that was issued through open table that was specifically for Artista. The food was just ok. For the price of an entrée of $45 , you would expect it to be great, and its just not. I don't recommend.
We were seated upstairs at a square table. The table leaves under the table hit all four of our knees (it obviously could also be converted into a round table)
My husband and I both order the special trio and surf and turf - you would think the specials would be special... they were served cold and the fish was dry and cold. The steak was cooked nicely but it was cold. Not one of our meals was hot and we were there on Sunday at 5:45. My kids ordered the roasted chicken and it looked reheated by the tough texture of the outside and it was served room temperature if not almost cold. The fried potato things on my plate tasted refried/reheated and were cold. The service was not bad, they were kind but they were not trained well.
I wanted to have a nice dinner before the theatre but was disappointed. I used to eat here for business lunches and don’t recall it being so chain-like and bad. I wish the manager and chef would take more pride in their work. I guess since it’s hooked to the hobby, they are not hurting for customers so they can get away with cutting corners the food preparation and quality.
Food was so-so to "not good", and service was very slow on this night (we've been here twice before: 1st time was amazing, 2nd time was similar to 3rd event). Best thing we had: free plantains and dipping sauces that are served immediately - these are very good, particularly the pesto and the red sauce. We drank Iced Tea, had to ask for lemons twice (got limes), had to ask for refills after sitting empty for 1/2 hour and then asked for the lemons again and got them! Child's plate of F Fries and F Shrimp: excellent. Calamari appetizer was "ok", but a bit rubbery and not worth $15! Shrimp dish was edible, but not great. Will look for other options when attending TUTs performances.
The service was very poor. We had 4 different wait staff check on us. No one knew what the other had done. The orders were late getting out and not at the same time. When the last order out it was Cold. The server couldn't remember who got what. It was slow and inefficient. They said the kitchen was the problem. Whatever it was, I won't be returning any time soon.
So disappointing. I don’t know what happened to this restaurant, but our dinner was a huge disappointment. Food was overpriced and unappealing. Angel wings were over cooked; empanadas were greasy; lobster bisque had no lobster; crab and calamari caprese was almost inedible; truffle fries were not crisp. I could go on but that covers it. We had a very expensive meal that no one enjoyed.
Food is pretty good, but really wish Artista would change their dinner menu - the menu has not changed much since they opened. Understand that they have to serve a big crowd in a short time, but think the chef could come up with a new set of dishes that are quick to finish and serve. Very tired of the same butter sauce on all fish dishes. The sea bass is supposed to have a vinaigrette, but, it was the same sauce that is served with the other seafood entrees. Some lighter options would be greatly appreciated.
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